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    ammuntion weight question

    how many rounds of .223 ammuntion would equal 11 pounds.

    I know this sounds stupid but Southwest airlines only will let you take 11 lbs max of ammuntion. I'm going to be going on a prairiedog hunt next week so I'm trying to here from somebody who has flown with the 11 lb requirement with .223 ammuntion.
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    figure out how much one of them weighs in ounces. 16 solid ounces = 1 pound. Then subtract the container weight from 11 lbs and the rest is your ammo, but leave a little grace room.

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    I believe ammo must be in it's original container.....not positive but better make sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    how many rounds of .223 ammuntion would equal 11 pounds.

    I know this sounds stupid but Southwest airlines only will let you take 11 lbs max of ammuntion. I'm going to be going on a prairiedog hunt next week so I'm trying to here from somebody who has flown with the 11 lb requirement with .223 ammuntion.
    (1) put a container on a scale and keep adding cartridges until you hit 11 pounds.. Shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes.

    (2) the 11-pound rule is applicable no matter what airline you fly.

    (3) ammo doesn't have to be in the original package, but the container is included in the weight.
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    Approx 465 rnds sans container(s). If using a single container add the weight of the container and extract rounds accordingly.

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    Why not ship the ammo to your self via UPS, I get ammo in the mail all the time like that?
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    Ammo doesn't have to be in the original container, but must be in a container meant for ammo. In short, the primers have to be protected; it cannot be dumped loose in a cardboard box.
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    Weigh a round.

    7,000 grains in a pound.

    Brass is about 95gr, 55gr bullet, 25gr powder so about 175gr per round. 11 x 7,000 is 77,000gr in 11lbs. Divide that by 175gr (per round) and it's about 440rds.

    I would just ship a case of it to your destination C/O you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubby45 View Post
    Weigh a round.

    7,000 grains in a pound.

    Brass is about 95gr, 55gr bullet, 25gr powder so about 175gr per round. 11 x 7,000 is 77,000gr in 11lbs. Divide that by 175gr (per round) and it's about 440rds.

    I would just ship a case of it to your destination C/O you.
    I flew with ammo once prior to 9/11. It was a nightmare. The person at the counter had no idea what she was talking about and made me miss my flight. Although I had read, printed and brought all the info with me, she still tried to accuse me of attempting to bring an explosive device on an aircraft.

    Based on my previous experiences, I'd not even attempt to travel with ammo. OMO
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    I flew to Vegas in January for SHOT show with a couple machine guns, a silencer or two, a pistol, and plenty of ammo. Had zero problems. This was even a week after there was a scare in the Milwaukee (WI) airport I flew out of and security was water tight. When I was on the ground in Vegas an officer from Metro stopped me to check that everything was accounted for and I had no problems in transit.
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